Five families have been evacuated from Carry the Kettle First Nation, located east of Regina, as the community has declared a state of emergency. Many of the First Nation’s roads have been washed out due to spring melt and rainfall, leaving some people stranded in their homes for up to two months, said Chief Ivan Thomson Jr. Of the 200 homes on the First Nation, 75 have been affected.
An estimated 200 people attended a conference in Cornwall, Ontario last week, hosted by the Sweetgrass First Nation Language Council in partnership with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. The conference, called Raising Our Voices focused on how to better teach native children and youth their language and culture.
The Mining Association of Canada hosted a fundraiser for the National Aboriginal Achievement Foundation. The event was held at the Ottawa Museum of Nature and raised $ 25,000.
The National Aboriginal Foundation was represented by current President and CEO Roberta Jamieson. Under her leadership, the Foundation has flourished. In her six years leading NAAF, support for Aboriginal youth has dramatically increased with NAAF doubling its previous total in bursaries and scholarship funding. Since 2005 alone, NAAF has supported 6690 students with over $22.6 million. She has extended the Foundation’s career fairs into the North, Quebec and the Maritimes and is the Executive Producer of the nationally televised National Aboriginal Achievement Awards.
The Assembly of Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq Chiefs have written a letter to the Natural Resources Minister saying they feel discouraged to learn that the department has failed to follow the consultation process that both the province and chiefs agreed to last year. The Nova Scotia Natural Resources Department announced last month the sale of 75 hectares of Crown land for a $1-million expansion to Upper Clements Park.
The move to First Nation and Metis control of the child welfare and family services system is “years” away but does need to happen, says the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN).
Vice-chief Lyle Whitefish said the FSIN is developing a framework with existing First Nations family agencies for further discussion with provincial and federal officials.
The University of Saskatchewan is pleased to have Jeremy Morgan speaking at a public lecture about support for Aboriginal Arts. Morgan will explore current policy approaches and possibilities for a new framework for the development of policies in the areas of Aboriginal arts and culture. The lecture will take place Tuesday, May 31st, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in Room 46 of the Edwards School of Business, located on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
Cody R. Wolfe, a grade 11 student from Wynyard Composite High School, was last seen on April 29, 2011 on the Muskowekwan First Nation, Lestock, Saskatchewan, when he left his grandmother’s residence. So far searches, by RCMP and family/friends, and any clues that would lead to his whereabouts have come up empty. A search is being planned for this weekend May 28 & 29, 2011, and your help is needed. Searches and volunteers: meet at the Muskowekwan First Nation Band Hall, Lestock, SK at 8:30 am on Saturday and Sunday.
There is also a search fund set up at the Bank of Montreal, at Wynyard, Saskatchewan: Cody Wolfe Trust, Account # 0679 8998 125.
Donations can also be made at the Muskowekwan Store, (306) 274-4656 or Muskowekwan First Nation (306) 274-2061.
From the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues – Implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, Chief of the Assembly of First Nations spoke at the Tenth Session regarding Agenda Item 4(a): Implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
This year’s theme for Aboriginal Awareness Week, which will be held from May 24th to 27th, 2011, is Sharing Our Stories. Aboriginal Awareness Week was first introduced in 1992, with the purpose of increasing awareness of Aboriginal peoples within the Canadian mosaic and the public service.
HABITAT for Humanity Winnipeg has won a national award for its efforts to create more housing for aboriginals. IN 2007 an aboriginal housing program was launched through a partnership between Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) and Habitat for Humanity. Since that time, Habitat’s Winnipeg affiliate has completed 15 homes under the program.